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Firecracker Handicap

Grade II race
Firecracker Handicap
Location Churchill Downs
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated 1983
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Churchill Downs
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $225,000

The Firecracker Handicap is an AmericanThoroughbred horse race run annually on the turf course at Churchill Downs. The Grade II event is open to horses, age three and up, willing to race one mile and currently offers a purse of $232,000.

Winners of the Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap since 2000







2009 Mr. Sidney 5 Kent Desormeaux William I. Mott Circle E Racing 1:37.28
2008 Thorn Song 5 Kent Desormeaux Dale Romans Zayat Stables 1:36.89
2007 Remarkable News 5 Ramon Dominguez Angel Penna, Jr. Holly Rincon 1:34.74
2006 Miesque's Approval 7 Eddie Castro Martin D. Wolfson Live Oak Plantation 1:34.52
2005 Kitten's Joy 4 Edgar Prado Dale L. Romans Ken & Sarah Ramsey 1:35.25
2004 Quantum Merit 5 Shane Sellers Del Carroll, Jr. Very Un Stable 1:34.15
2003 Tap The Admiral 5 John McKee Del Carroll, Jr. Stanley Ettinger 1:35.48
2002 Good Journey 6 Pat Day Wallace Dollase Flaxman Holdings 1:34.83
2001 Irish Prize 5 Gary Stevens Neil Drysdale Sheikh Mohammed 1:34.68
2000 Conserve 4 Shane Sellers Frank L. Brothers Claiborne Farm 1:35.12

Earlier winners

  • 1999 - Joe Who
  • 1998 - Claires Honor
  • 1997 - Soviet Line
  • 1996 - Rare Reason
  • 1995 - Jaggery John
  • 1994 - First And Only
  • 1993 - Cleone


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